Investigations Blog

  • Gov. McCrory signs into law measure to curb pension spiking in NC

    Posted by Dan Kane on July 30, 2014

    Gov. Pat McCrory on Wednesday signed into law a measure to prevent highly-paid state and local officials from using the state retirement system to support spikes in their pensions caused by pay hikes as they near retirement.

    The new law, which takes effect Jan. 1, comes after The News & Observer in November reported how four community college presidents and their boards converted tens of thousands of dollars in perks to pay as they neared retirement age, creating pension boosts the retirement system will have to subsidize. The retirement system is funded by contributions from employees, taxpayers through employer contributions, and investment returns.

    “This law prevents North Carolina state employees from having to subsidize artificially inflated pensions of high earners at the end of their careers,” McCrory said in a statement. “It protects the retirement system from abuse and ensures state employees are rewarded for their important investments in our state.”

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  • US Senate hearing on college athletics will feature former UNC athlete

    Posted by Dan Kane on July 8, 2014

    Devon Ramsay, a former UNC football player whose career was derailed by an NCAA violation that was later overturned, is among those scheduled to testify before a committee looking into the well-being of college athletes.

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  • Root for Ghana to Advance

    Posted by Joseph Neff on June 16, 2014

    While the United States might not like the looks of Ghana on the soccer pitch, there’s plenty to root for in the West African nation.

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  • Anti-pension spiking measure not in House budget

    Posted by Dan Kane on June 12, 2014

    The measure, which shifts the cost of pension spiking from the retirement system to government agencies, is headed to the House floor as a separate bill next week.

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  • House committee passes pension reform bill

    Posted by Dan Kane on June 4, 2014

    The legislation would shift the cost of late, large pension increases for well-paid officials to the government agencies they work for, sparing the pension system.

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  • UNC system stays out of research dispute between Willingham, UNC-Chapel Hill

    Posted by Dan Kane on June 3, 2014

    UNC system President Tom Ross isn't intervening in the research dispute between whistleblower Mary Willingham and UNC-Chapel Hill that a national group views as retaliation.

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